Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cyril Neville, & More Announce Red Rocks Show

first_imgThis summer, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the iconic outdoor venue in Morrison, Colorado, will be getting a taste of New Orleans during Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown on Friday, September 21st. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Galactic will headline the event, with support from Preservation Hall Jazz Band and New Breed Brass Band. Also on the lineup are a number of special guests, including Cyril Neville, Walter Wolfman Washington, and Kermit Ruffins.You can buy tickets for Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, September 21st, this Friday at 10 a.m. (MST) when they go on sale here.last_img read more

Honduras returns to the OAS

first_imgNewsRegional Honduras returns to the OAS by: – June 4, 2011 13 Views   no discussions Map of Honduras. Photo credit: honduras_stlukesdallas.orgWASHINGTON, USA — The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) decided this week to lift the suspension of the right of participation of Honduras in the Organization during its forty-first special session.The resolution titled, “Participation of Honduras in the Organization of American States,” was approved by a vote of 32 in favour, one against, Ecuador being the only country that opposed the Central American country’s re-entry.The text of the approved resolution makes reference to Article 22 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which establishes that, once the situation behind a member state’s suspension has been overcome, the suspension may be lifted.Furthermore, it highlights the conviction of the member countries that “democracy is one of our region’s most valued accomplishments and that the peaceful transfer of power through constitutional means and in strict compliance with the constitutional rules of each of our states is the product of a continuous and irreversible process.”The resolution cites the agreement for national reconciliation and the consolidation of the democratic system in Honduras signed in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, last May 22, and it resolves to “lift the suspension, with immediate effect, of the right of the State of Honduras to participate in the Organization of American States.”Caribbean News Now Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Viterbi hosts STEM program to mentor local kids in coding

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Closing the GapSTEMming insecurities · Closing the Gap helps many historically underrepresented students from local schools experience coding at USC.The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is collaborating with several organizations to give 300 elementary and middle school students the opportunity to experience STEM at USC, learn coding and meet with Viterbi students.The Viterbi Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Teacher programs will partner with the National Society of Black Engineers, Project Launch and the mentorship program Motivate and Empower. The event, titled “Closing the Gap: Technology,” will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Engineering Quad and will include tours of the campus. Participating schools include the 32nd Street School, 75th Street School and Willowbrook Middle School in Compton.The goal of the event, which is the first in a series launched by Motivate and Empower, is to engage local students and spark their interest in the STEM subjects as viable and exciting fields of study.“Closing the Gap to us means closing the gap in opportunity, achievement and resources within the local community,” said Maya Carter, founder of Motivate and Empower. “We want to engage students who may have thought the technology field was not for them. We want to show them that they can have any career that they work toward and that we will support them.”According to Katie Mills, VAST’s K-12 STEM outreach administrator, the USC Viterbi Spotlight on Biomedical Engineering initiative will be present at the event. Professors in the biomedical engineering department will show students around USC’s labs, where they will see researchers working to find cures for cancer and examining heart cells, among other activities.“The purpose of our Spotlight events is to show kids what cool things they can do if they stick with their math and science courses,” Mills said. “When they can sit down with people who are a few years older than them … who are doing research on cancer and heart disease, it is a way for them to build self-efficacy and their ability to see themselves as being able to do this too.”Carter emphasized that many of the students in local schools have been historically underrepresented in the STEM fields, a fact that needs to change.“We want every student that we work with to have the confidence and the resources they need to be successful in any career,” Carter said. “We want to make sure that we work with our local community, because a lot of the communities around USC haven’t had the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of new industries. We want to give them the opportunity to grow as a community.”For Christin Carter, the pre-college initiative chair for the National Society of Black Engineers, the STEM subjects gave him that opportunity to grow.When Christin Carter was in middle school, he struggled in many of his classes. His mother, upset at his grades, enrolled him in a summer program focused on getting kids engaged in STEM. During that program, he realized that he could succeed in a STEM field if he worked hard enough.Now, he works to inspire kids from low-income communities to dream big and pursue these challenging subjects.“They don’t tell you about engineering when you’re from a low-income neighborhood. They don’t really tell you about the fun math and science things you can do,” Christin Carter said. “We want kids to know that there are so many opportunities, not just in engineering but in STEM in general.”Mills noted that the United States is lagging behind other countries in science and math education, and she hopes initiatives like this one will encourage students to take courses in the STEM subjects.“American students are not keeping up with STEM studies,” Mills said. “There is an urgent need for more adults who are trained in science, technology, engineering and math. We’re trying to get kids excited and raise awareness as to why they should stick with their STEM subjects.”According to Mills, while there are not currently enough students pursuing careers in STEM, the Los Angeles Unified School District is making an attempt to increase the number of students, especially in communities of color, who go into these fields through its Next Generation Science Standards initiative. These standards were adopted by the California State Board of Education in September 2013 and provide a new framework for K-12 science education.“There are some really important shifts happening statewide and across the nation,” Mills said. “The new guidelines, called the Next Generation Science Standards, encourage hands-on, project-based learning that I think is going to engage students in a much better way.”Christin Carter said that the most rewarding aspect of the program is watching kids become engrossed in learning, realizing that they too have the potential to become a researcher or scientist.“The best part is seeing kids realize the potential they have within themselves,” Christin Carter said. “When you see them realize that they can do algebra or they can complete that science project or they actually like to make lava volcanoes — it’s a beautiful thing. There’s nothing better than seeing a child who loves education and is hungry to learn more.”last_img read more

Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain will again be without Neymar for their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on Wednesday, the club confirmed.Coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday that the world’s most expensive player had been allowed to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter.Neymar had already missed the 3-1 weekend win against Lille due to suspension, and Emery said on Monday that he hoped the former Barcelona star would be back in “three or four days”. But PSG’s confirmed squad for the last-16 tie in Strasbourg — where they lost 2-1 in the league 10 days ago — was missing Neymar as well as Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta, Adrien Rabiot and Layvin Kurzawa. They have won the League Cup in each of the last four seasons.Amid speculation as to the reasons behind Neymar’s trip home, Brazilian website Globoesporte published social media messages accompanied by photographs which suggest he could have been at the birthday party of his friend’s father and had also visited a dental clinic.On Monday, Neymar published a photo of himself on Twitter with the message: “Focus, strength and faith for the celebration of another day!!”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Following Fruits and Vegetables from Farm to Your Table

first_imgStrawberries and baby arugula in January. Broccoli rabe and artichokes in July. We want fruits and vegetables in and out of season at our favorite restaurant and on our dining room table.Produce man Charlie Rooney sums it up best: “Consumers want everything, every day.”Charlie Rooney, left, kids with produce broker Frank Monte at the Philadelphia Produce Market.The Sea Bright produce wholesaler (C. Rooney Pro­duce) has not taken a day off since he started the business in the 1980s and isn’t planning one soon. Several nights a week, you can find Rooney spending the overnight hours on a road trip to the modern South Philadelphia Produce Market.Rooney buys produce for 75 customers so the fruits and vegetables they serve their diners are of the highest quality and freshness.“We arrive at the market around 8 p.m.,” says Rooney, “and it takes about five hours to assemble and stage the orders at one of the 100 bays. Then the hundreds of individual boxes, crates and trays have to be carefully loaded onto the 24-foot straight truck – like a complicated puzzle – in the exact way they will be unloaded for my customers in the hours ahead.”Rooney has his business philosophy on his truck’s sides and roll-up door: Big Enough To Serve, Small Enough To Care.“I live it,” he smiles.He has kept his customer base manageable and in relatively close proximity so that he can assure them when they open for business their order has been delivered and placed in storage in the manner they have specified.“It’s truly personal service,” emphasizes Rooney, who uses two vehicles to deliver when he returns to Mon­mouth County. His team does not finish up until about 10 a.m. – some 16 hours after the trip began. And, they repeat it up to two more times each week – week in, week out.From left, Brandon Gebhardt, Charlie Rooney and Eddie Giron fuel up for the trip to the produce market.The route vegetables and fruits take from farm to plate is a long one but surprisingly quick. Domestic fresh produce leaves farms in the South and West in the winter and nationwide in the summer to arrive at regional produce markets (New York City, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, and the like) in the middle and end of each week. Fruits and vegetables from Central and South America – shipped by air – are timed for similar arrivals during the winter months.In a 24/7 operation, decades-old family-owned “direct receivers” buy and stock produce at these regional facilities. They inventory boxes, crates, trays and bags of everything from raspberries to radishes, apples to artichokes.Many supermarkets have buyers who purchase for multiple stores or by region. Large warehouse stores like Costco, BJ’s and Walmart may bypass the produce markets entirely and deal directly with growers on mega-purchases to be distributed nationally. Restaur­ants, Rooney explains, still establish relationships with local or regional wholesalers who supply their needs daily and weekly.What makes small businesses like Rooney’s unique is how the relationship with customers transcends just business.“I know all my customers on a first-name basis,” he says, “and have dealt with them for years,” as he shakes a large ring with dozens of keys. “These are keys to my customers’ buildings and I deliver to their storerooms during the middle of the night, placing their order where they want it so it is not in the way when they arrive early for their business day.”The path these fresh commodities then take to your table is varied. “I have long-term relationships with the family produce companies,” he says. “I have worked with a Philadelphia broker for decades. He assures I get what I want for my customers at the right price.”Although Rooney has bought direct from the receivers, he and much of his competition now work closely with professional buyers. Rooney met second-generation Philadelphia produce broker Frank Monte nearly 20 years ago and has established a strong business partnership.“Let me explain how it works,” Rooney says as the truck rumbles down I-295 toward the City of Brotherly Love on Monday night. “I call my orders into Monte just before I leave for the market. Frank sources all my orders from one of the two dozen receivers at the center looking not only for the best price but the best quality.” Rooney explains that Monte knows the market and has an eye on what is coming in daily that Rooney regularly buys.When Rooney’s truck arrives at the loading dock, Monte has his orders sourced and instructions (picking tickets) waiting for Rooney’s assistants. Eddie Giron has been with Rooney for 20 years. Brandon Gephardt has been aboard about two years. Both men snooze in the truck cab on the way to the market knowing they have a long night and morning ahead.Driving motorized forklifts, Giron and Gephardt whiz around the market like race car drivers picking up orders. After schmoozing with the night sales staff and Monte, Rooney retreats to the cab of the truck for three hours of sleep. “Not many owners of produce companies are the buyer, the driver and delivery person,” he says. “I need to catch 40 winks to be able to drive back to Monmouth County refreshed and ready to make deliveries.”Rooney emphasizes how important it is to get the truck loaded correctly. “We don’t have time to be looking for two boxes of asparagus on the third stop in New Jersey at 3 a.m. at a customer’s back door. It has to be where we can get it as soon as we stop.”Rooney starts making deliveries soon after he crosses into New Jersey. The strawberries for a customer in Howell need to be where he can put his hands on them a few hours later. A large sub shop chain needs lettuce and tomatoes – and lots of them – as soon as they open for the breakfast crowd. Customers not only get their produce but bills so they know costs immediately allowing them to price and plan accordingly.Sea Bright produce wholesaler Charlie Rooney starts down the long, center aisle at the South Philadelphia Produce Market.The Rooney family arrived in Sea Bright from Jersey City in 1962. Charlie Rooney’s dad, the late Charles Jr., served as a councilman for years and mayor of the town for two terms. His mom Frances has staffed the family hot dog cart on Ocean Avenue since the late 1970s. It had been the summer job growing up for young Rooney and his sister Fran. Mrs. Rooney, now 80, shows no sign of closing the (what is now) Sea Bright institution. “Like my mother Frances, I am a Capricorn,” Rooney says, “and I am a workaholic, a lot like her and will probably be working too into my 80s.”Rooney got into the business by accident. While recovering from a serious knee injury suffered training for a triathlon, he began to sell vegetables from a road stand near the hot dog cart.“I was paying way too much for vegetables from a wholesaler,” he said. With guidance from people in the business, Rooney began to buy his own produce from a wholesale market in Newark. “When fall arrived, I needed to find something to replace the road stand,” he said. The manager of Ichabod’s (now Woody’s) in Sea Bright asked Rooney to supply him with the juice oranges he used for his famous screwdriver cocktail. Rooney found a supplier, made the sale and as he quips, “one customer led to two, three four and the rest is history.”In 1996 Rooney and his wife Marisol purchased a small deli opposite The Grove on Broad Street in Shrews­bury. They renamed it Stroker’s. Today, the small deli has a huge following for quality breakfast and lunch fare. And yes, Rooney keeps his wife well supplied with produce.Rooney feels he is one of a dying breed of family-owned produce wholesalers. “Today, everyone wants to be bigger,” he says. “My philosophy is to stay the right size to serve my customers’ different needs. I want them to succeed and prosper and if they do well, I too will do well. It’s a win-win situation.”“It’s a demanding business but I love it,” says Rooney heading for home for some needed sleep. He’d have it no other way.Feature writer Art Petro­semolo spent an overnight with Rooney and crew jammed into the cab of his truck. He walked wide-eyed through the Philadelphia Market and came away (along with a huge tray of fresh strawberries) with a new respect for how his vegetables arrive on his plate each day. By Art PetrosemoloSea Bright’s Charlie Rooney is ‘The Produce Man’last_img read more

Power play goal sinks Leafs as Nitros take anniversary game 5-4

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsAnother slow start came back to haunt the Nelson Leafs Monday night in Kimberley.Rylan Duley scored a power play goal at 12:48 of the third period, snapping a 4-4 tie to spark the Dynamiters to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory in the Bavarian City.“It was a disappointing start for us,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida from the team bus Monday.“We didn’t come out strong and they took it too us.”Kimberley struck for two quick goals, the first coming in the opening minute of the game, to take a 2-0 first period lead.The teams exchanged goals in the second as the Nitros continued its two-goal advantage after 40 minutes.In the third Eric Spring and Matti Jmaeff tied the game with goals early in the third.But Duley spoiled the comeback with a man-advantage goal.“Bus legs hurt us,” Maida said, “We couldn’t get back in the game until the third period.”Corson Johnstone, Jared Marchi, Senate Patton and Richard Hubscher also scored for Kimberley, which took over top spot in the Eddie Mountain Division two points ahead of Fernie Ghostriders.James Sorrey and Dallon Stoddart also scored for Nelson. Brasden Ostepchuk got the win over Nelson’s Andrew Walton in goal.Nelson, 19-10-0-2 on the season, failed to take advantage of an extra game the Leafs had on second-place Castlegar. Nelson returns to the NDCC to face Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The game is the first of three Murdoch Division games for Nelson.Saturday the team travels to Castlegar to meet the Rebels before concluding the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. game in Fruitvale against the Hawks.ICE CHIPS: Monday’s game in Kimberley marked the 80th anniversary of hockey in the Bavarian City. Monday’s contest focused on copying the game played exactly 80 years ago against the same team, the Nelson Maple Leafs. Kimberley won that very first game 2-1. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida said the Leafs came away from the game unscathed with no new injuries to report. . . . Nelson won the first game between the two clubs, October 7, [email protected]last_img read more